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mexico, gary johnson. cnn orc poll last month found johnson polling 3% of the voters nationwide. the chairman of the rnc, reince priebus, says he's not worried about a gary johnson. >> well, understand that they are not going to throw their vote away when we have an election here that's about the future of the america. i just don't see that happening. in fact, i see that it's almost a nonfactor. and so i -- i'm not worried about it. >> with me now, former new mexico governor and a republican when he was governor in new mexico, gary johnson. governor johnson, good morning. >> chuck, great to be with you. thank you. >> let me ask you this. what are you advocating that you don't think is being advocated by either president obama or mitt romney? >> let's not bomb iran, let's get out of afghanistan tomorrow, bring the troops home, marriage equality, that it's a constitutional right. i would have never signed the defense authorization act. balance the federal budget now. eliminate income tax, corporate tax, abolish the irs and replace that with one federal consumption tax which i thin
.s. and mexico. we're talking about tomatoes and maybe sour grapes as well. the it's subject of our deep dive today. last week, the obama administration announced it favored canceling a 16-year-old $3.5 billion tomato trade deal with mexico. the deal encourages imports and has kept tomato prices low. but florida growers say they're so low they can't catch up. the numbers show mexican tomato sales have quadruple since 2000 while florida has seen its cut shrink dramatically. after a flurry of letters from lawmakers, the commerce department decided to repd the trade agreement be scrapped. mexico growers were stunned, upset they hadn't been granted a meeting until after the decision. why did the decision get rushed? presidential politic, the influence of those florida growers might have played just a small role. michael isakoff is nbc's national investigative correspondent. it's an election year and hearing about issues like this, oh, favoritism of this front for florida. favoritism on that front for ohio. it shouldn't come as a shock and yet, we see it play out every year. four years, excuse me.
then made a remarkably smooth landing on his feet in the new mexico desert. unbelievable. that feat came 65 years to the day after chuck jaeger became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound, and sunday jaeger did it again. but now that he's 89, the man known for having the right stuff was merely a passenger onboard an f-15 jet that raced across california's mojave desert. absolutely amazing. >>> here's your "first look" at some other news going on in america today. in florida, dramatic video of a car plow nothing a scrap metal business. luckily it happened in the middle of the night, so no one was around, except for the driver, who could be seen getting out of the car several minutes after the impact. >>> in california, it is finally home sweet home for space shuttle "endeavour." we've sped up this video, take a look. it was a long, winding and two-mile-per-hour journey through the streets of l.a. this weekend. after soaring above the earth dozens of times, its final trek was just 12 miles long from the l.a. international airport to this museum where it's going to go on displa
protections for life and did say he would eliminate the mexico city language -- >> no he would reinstate it. let's be cleeshg the poar, the spreents american tax dollars going overseas to pay for abortions. president obama changed that poli policy. >> contraception for abortion. the point is, is he saying one thing to iowa and another thing in the clarification? >> no, he's been very clear. in fact, technically, what he says is exactly right because the reinstation -- reinstatement of mexico city policy can happen been i executive order and doesn't require legislation. he was not aware of legislation that was necessary. >> is pennsylvania now too much out of reach for paul -- for romney and paul ryan in there's a new poll, "philadelphia inquirer," eight-point spread. >> it's absolutely not. look what happened in to 10, less than two years ago i was elected statewide, tom corbett elected governor, republicans control the state house, senate senate, 52 out of 67 county governments, 12 out of the 18 house seats are held by republicans. you watch, mitt romney's going to carry pennsylvania. >> i
with mexico. names of the victims and details of exactly what happened are not available yet. >>> new flight recordings just came into our newsroom capturing another incident of airplane seats coming loose in the skies. for the second time in three days, an american airlines flight had to land early because of rows of seats being unbolted from the floor. yesterday a flight from new york to miami returned to jfk after the seats began moving around. take a listen. >> shall we are coming back. our seats 14 a, b and c, i think, are totally disconnected, loose. kind of like what happened the other day. >> same thing happened saturday on a boston to miami flight, american airlines says it is inspecting six other jets that recently had maintenance work done on the seats. >>> six crew members are under arrest after two passenger boats collided last noot in hong kong. look at these pictures. 38 people were killed. 100 more went to the hospital. authorities say a boat chartered for watching fireworks hit a ferry off the southwestern coast. police arrested crew mbers from both boats. still they are inv
sent up and sprinkles too. >>> there was a different kind of launch in new mexico. over 600 hot air balloons took to the sky at the 41st albuquerque international balloon fiesta. this year's event featured an array of colorful balloons and one dedicated to luke skywalker's dad. there he is, good old darth vader. >>> finally, 50 husbands and wives braved hazardous conditions at the 2012 north american wife carrying championships. couples raced through a 278 yard obstacle course and the winning team from finland has won the world championship for the past four years. now for a look at the national weather, we turn to bill karins with a weather channel forecast. four years in a row, what's their secret? what are they doing? >> maybe they have a good relationship and conversations? i don't know. >> they're practicing. >> maybe she's light and he's fast. >> good morning, everyone. temperatures with a big plunge arrived as advertised. this is pretty much what we've been waiting for. what's unusual about this is it's been so warm this year. we've been off the charts with the drought and ev
the result of fallout from the deepwater horizon oil spill in the gulf of mexico. but mr. obama is right that since he took office, oil production on federal lands is up. in both 2009 and 2010, oil production increased so even with the 14% drop last year, overall production on federal lands is still up. 10.6% since 2008. one other thing in terms of natural gas production, natural gas production on federal lands is down. and has been declining since 2003. according to the energy information administration. mainly because of a decline in offshore natural gas drilling. >> another topic early on, what did mitt romney say and when did he say it about, quote, letting detroit go bankrupt, more specifically general motors, the president kind of threw town on that topic tonight. >> well, the president was referring to a newspaper piece that mitt romney wrote back this 2008, but the governor never actually said let detroit go bankrupt. that was the headline by the newspaper. but what romney has been saying, that he was in favor of a managed bailout, a managed bankruptcy where private investors wou
of the country, new thunderstorms popping up here. areas of new mexico. after a quiet first two weeks of october, we are going to have the first weather event starting tomorrow. here is a look at the storms as they push through the area. light rain now. they are racing through central portions of tennessee. the drive on interstate 40 is the worst drive in the country with the storms crossing the interstate as we speak. near springfield, missouri, a lot of lightning strikes. near the springfield area, i'm sure that interstate is not fun, either. isolated strong storms, an area of yellow. it's tomorrow that the storm heads out to the central plains. minisevere weatherout break, possible tornadoes for iowa or missouri. keep an eye on the forecast. you have the best chance of seeing a strong storm. dallas to oklahoma city to tulsa, back to chicago, you have a chance for strong storms. for today, it's not too bad. east coast looks okay. tomorrow is the day of concern. more details on that coming up. >> thanks. >>> also coming up, the pearl harbor of cyber attacks, the biggest diamond in the universe
of michigan and the head of a car company. but he was born in mexico. had he been born of mexican parents, i'd have a better shot of winning this. >> actually mitt that is so true. the advantage is obvious. think of all of our hispanic-american presidents from jorge washington to jorge bush. >> that's part of the first video from actually.org which stars rosie perez. she's here next. hold on. >>> rosie perez will be here >>> rosie perez will be here next. >>> at actually.org, a group of comedians and celebrities are doing a profane fact check series about mitt romney's presidential campaign. here's the first one. >> my dad, you probably know, was the governor of michigan and was the head of a car company, but he was born in mexico. had he been born of mexican parents, i'd have a better shot of winning this. and i say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be latino. >> actually mitt that is so true. all you have to do is look at the statistics and mitt's point becomes crystal clear. hispanics represent 17% of the population and account for less than 2% of all elected and appointed officia
fought and came up by their bootstraps from real deprivation and prejudice in mexico. i think it's a story he believed in, loved, but didn't feel he could talk about it, because it's about polygamy. >> let's take a look at the documentary. let's watch the way you handled it. >> the romneys had left the united states and went to mexico to avoid persecution, but it's also to pursue polygamy. >> with someone with a name like romney, and you heard about the sufferings of your ancestors and their sacrifices and all they have done, that you feel like, well, it's my turn now, i've got to pick up the baton. >> it's an incredible history. he can't talk about it, because it involves polygamy. if the core of your personal is something that you can't talk about, because it's politically unacceptable, you will not be open with the people around you. >> is it possible in your research to handle something i'm concerned about, that's the view of american -- and the nothing of it, not that you can come to the come and make it your world, is there something in that religion along those lines? >> t
are bee grijingly sticking with gulf of mexico begrudgingly sticking with obama, what he did in that first debate gave enough people, i think, even if it's not showing up in the polls yet, you know what? when the -- yeah, there's enough to go over there. i'm not going to stick with this guy. and i think if there's any surprise in the polls, i think it's going to swing in romney's favor. >> i'm starting to think that, too, mika. this is, again, we're getting so close. the president's still sitting at 47%, 48% in a lot of the nationally positives. you know, turnout can get you a percentage point. but if mitt romney keeps moving in the direction he's moving, that's different. if somebody has a cell phone on, you need to turn it off, steve rattner. >> i was just about to go to the financier's chart. >> steve rattner's always had a blackberry and it's never been a problem. >> little-known fact for kids at home if you want to be on "morning joe," at&t signals interfere with whatever we're wearing. >> but i'm getting brain waves from it. it's inspiration. >> the reason why. that's actually the fi
seems to be holding there. the new ppp poll there has obama up by five, 51%, 46%. in new mexico a new albuquerque journal poll has the president up ten. boy, these states are different, 39%, 39%. ten points there. former new mexico governor gary johnson running as a libertarian. he's probably will you hurting the republican side. look at this number from arizona, new rocky mountain brc poll has the president leading by two, 44% to 42%. that's arizona. we'll be right back. that helps you stay at your optimal health: centrum® silver in every bottle you get the number one doctor and pharmacist recommended, most complete multivitamin backed by thirty years of science. try centrum® silver. visit centrum-dot-com for your three dollar coupon. on gasoline. i am probably going to the gas station about once a month. last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt. i go to the gas station such a small amount that i forget how to put gas in my car. [ male announcer ] and it's not just these owners giving the volt high praise. vo
know, was the government of michigan, head of a car company, but he was born in mexico. had he been born of mexican parents, i'd have a better shot at winning this. >> actually, mitt, that is so true. the advantage is obvious. think of all of our hispanic american presidents from jorge washington, to jorge bush. fortunately, for you, mitt, you were cursed with the hard knock life of growing up as the son of a wealthy governor and auto executive? but the truth is, the reason why latinos aren't voting for you is because your policies suck. being latino wouldn't win you the election. but saying jokingly that you wish you were might actually lose it for you. >> whoa. that's tough stuff. mick, we haven't had you on before. liz has been here before. i want you first. that's kind of a hard-edged shot. that's a shot at romney. i mean, his parents weren't in mexico because they were -- they were there because of polygamy and the problems they were having living in the united states. that's all history. there it is. the idea -- well, anyway, not getting into all that weeds, but the point is w
holds all of those carry states from 2004 and adds new mexico, then wins nevada, colorado and iowa, which are very possible because of hispanics in the west, obama could win nevada and colorado. and then hold iowa, maybe lose ohio, lose virginia, lose florida, could do all of those and still narrowly win. >> okay. let's go to mitt romney. what he needs to get to 270 in the big way. >> so the obvious one for mitt romney is to sweep the big three. if he sweeps 40i, virginia and florida, it's all three of those, he could lose colorado, lose nevada, lose new hampshire, lose wisconsin, lose all of those states, and he would still win, he would get there very narrowly but he would be over 270. >> okay. so you get flohva from mitt romney. but you also have a scenario that he can still win if he takes florida, only. >> yeah. it's a little complicated. but i went back to look and see, can he win with just winning one of those or just two of those three? no question, he could win with two of those three. but if he were to win with just florida, for example, he would have to do it by sweeping
, 51%, 46%. in new mexico a new "albuquerque journal" poll has the president up ten. boy, these states are different, 39%, 39%. ten points there. former new mexico governor gary johnson running as a libertarian. he's probably hurting the republican side. look at this number from arizona, new rocky mountain brc poll has the president leading by two, 44% to 42%. that's arizona. we'll be right back. centrum® silver in every bottle you get the number one doctor and pharmacist recommended, most complete multivitamin backed by thirty years of science. try centrum® silver. visit centrum-dot-com for your three dollar coupon. olaf's pizza palace gets the most rewards of any small business credit card! pizza!!!!! [ garth ] olaf's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! helium delivery. put it on my spark card! [ pop! ] [ garth ] why settle for less? great businesses deserve the most rewards! awesome!!! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, everyay! what's in your wallet?
another state. we figured out that if you give obama all of john kerry's states, give him knew mexico where he's favored and give him ohio, guess where that gets him, 269. that means we're at a tie, 269, 269. none of us welcomes that scenario. that means that the president's going to need one of these other states. iowa is a close one because it's another industrial midwestern state. nevada, you know, another possibility. virginia, obama needs one more if he's going to get ohio and romney gets all of the others. >> one of the key weeks ahead for us. thanks. >>> speaking of mistakes, one battleground has the best track record of picking the winner of presidential elections since 1900. ohio. no republican has won the presidency without winning ohio. that's why we've seen team romney campaigning there aggressively in the last few weeks. the president though man taning a solid advantage there. this week president obama will get help in ohio from bubba and the boss. bill clinton and bruce springstein who will stump together in parma. joining me is darryl rowland. thanks for being with us.
by their it boot straps from real depredation and prjs prejudice in mexico. he didn't feel he could talk about it because it's about polygamy. >> let's look at a documentary exploring a side of mitt romney we don't hear often about, his family's mormon faith. let's watch how you handled it. >> the romneys had left the united states to go to mexico to avoid persecution, but it's also to pursue polygamy. >> someone with a name like romney and you heard about the sufferings of your ancestors and all they have done, you feel it's my turn now. i've got to pick up the baton and run with it. >> it's an incredible history. le can't talk about it because it involves polygamy. so if the core of your personality is something you can't talk about because it's politically unacceptable, you're not going to be open with the people around you. >> is it possible in your research here to handle something i'm concerned about. that's the view and the notion of it. not that this is a country where you can make it on your own regardless of your background and who your parents were. it gives us some sort of mandate
probably know, was the governor of michigan and the head of the car company and born in mexico. had he been born of mexican parents, he might have had a shot. >> actually, mitt, that is so true. the advantage is obvious. people of hispanic presidents, to jorge bush. ultimately for you, mitt, you were cursed with the hard knock life of growing up as the son of a wealthy governor and auto executive? but the truth is, the reason why latinos aren't voting for you is because your policies suck. being latino wouldn't win you the election. but saying jokingly that you wish you were might actually lose it for you. >> whoa. that's tough stuff. that's kind of a hard-edged shot. that's a shot at romney. i mean, his parents weren't in mexico because -- they were there because of piligamy and the problems of living in the united states. there it is. not getting into all of that. but the point is, what's the point of the joke? it wasn't funny to begin with. do you think you guys made it funny? >> that's our goal. i think what we did was partner with american bridge, the premier organization, super pac ou
there. the new ppp poll there has obama up by five, 51%, 46%. in new mexico a new "albuquerque journal" poll has the president up ten. boy, these states are different, 39%, 39%. ten points there. former new mexico governor gary johnson running as a libertarian. he's probably hurting the republican side. look at this number from arizona, new rocky mountain brc poll has the president leading by two, 44% to 42%. that's arizona. we'll be right back. >>> welcome back to "hardball." ahead of tomorrow's big showdown on long island, both president obama and mitt romney have been deep in debate prep today. according to politico, romney's camp is apparently so confident with the candidate's answers their focus has been on stylistic matters such as reminding him to lean into the questioners as if he's in a one-on-one conversation. according to the "new york times," the president is practicing how to challenge romney without seeming rude. the president's advisers said we should expect to see a different debater than the one that showed up two weeks ago in denver. >> he also knew as he watched the
is thriving. >> is new mexico in play if you have the super pac restore our future. >> we were happy for them to spend money but there's no way that's in play and no way it's not going to be democratic. >> popular republican governor susana martinez. >> the president has strong support across the state not only from the latino community but people across the state. >> finally pennsylvania, there's a lot of talk out of pennsylvania that senator bob casey is in some difficulty, that pennsylvania is closer than it should be from a democratic perspective. >> for any of these states mitt romney has been trying to compete in ohio, trying to -- it's been hard nut for that campaign to crack. they haven't been able to. now they're playing this bluffing game of trying to expand the math. our belief is the math is set. same states we've been talking about. no way i will dye my hair black and wear a fake mustache if they win pennsylvania, michigan or new mexico. these are not states we're concerned about. of course we're on the ground, competing for every vote but this is a bluff by the romney team. >> w
the u.s. from mexico when their suv got stuck on top of the border fence in arizona. the men were trying to use a makeshift ramp to drive over that wall. border patrol agents found the vehicle. the men inside ran back to mexico. >>> it will be a parade of giants this afternoon in san francisco for the world series champions. the san francisco giants swept the detroit tigers in four games. the team's second title in three years. >>> and think you have a great pumpkin this halloween night? a washington state man carved his pumpkin to be a portable version of the tetris video game. he carved the grid, loaded it up with l.e.d. lights and you can actually play the game. the pumpkin's stem is the joy stick. >>> tallying up the damage from superstorm sandy, cnbc's jackie deangeles is here with what's moving your money and even the initial numbers are staggering. >> reporter: that's exactly right. ihs global insight saying the superstorm could end up costing about $20 billion in property damage and $30 billion in lost business and those figures could be elevated when you account for flood damage
and george romney's father never joined the milt because he spent much of his life in mexico because they were hiding out from the enforcement of the laws of poligamy. miles park romney fled the country, never considered joining the military of a country whose laws he found so personally oppressive. since romney men have no idea what the weight of service feels like, mitt romney was actually able to say this. he was asked how many of your sons are currently serving in the military? >> one of the ways my sons are showing support for our great country are helping is get me elected because they think i will be a great president. >> that continues to intrigue in choiring reporters. >> all of you served your church going on missions. did you ever consider serving your country by putting on a uniform? >> i think we can look at the guys who serve and say that is the biggest sacrifice. it is nothing that any of us did but we look to those guys with a tremendous amount of respect. >> do you regret that you never served? >> i look at my family and i spepd a lot of tie time at the va hospital.
. by the time we get to saturday, really tap into the moisture in the gulf of mexico. a stormy day on saturday. even severe storms. mostly large hail and damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. texas, kansas city and to chicago, i know it's been cold and winter like, we're going to go to a spring pattern as we go through saturday. a heads up for all those fall outdoor activities. >> good one. thanks, bill. coming up, criminals target a teen heartthrob and 2012's most influential man. plus, the laydown on taylor swift's wedding crasher incident. so what really happened at that kennedy affair? you're watching "first look." ♪ i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. multigrain cheerios nah. [ dennis' voice ] i bet he's got an allstate agent. they can save you up to 30% more by bundling your policies. well his dog's stupid. [ dennis' voice ] poodles are one of the world's smartest breeds. are you in good hands? >>> thisust is not justin bieber's week.
father was born in mexico. my wife's father was born in wales. >> we discover to our shock that mitt romney owns shares of fannie m fannie mae and freddie mac. >> if he comes off aggressive, what should the president do? >> i actually think this is a real challenge for governor romney and if he falls into the trap of being as aggressive in the primary, that will backfire. the difference is that in the primary nobody liked the republican candidates. so when mitt romney attacked newt gingrich or attacked rick santorum, he wasn't punished by voters for that because no one liked one of them more than the other. if he goes after the president very aggressively who is pretty popular with the american people, one of the most popular politicians in the country, frankly, i think there will be a backlash. people don't like him and he needs to get over that hump. and so he's in a box of being -- he needs to contrast with the president but he can't be too aggressive. >> can i just jump in real quickly? i think that we forget that romney is a great debater. we saw in the primaries that he was rea
money or compete and while republicans were looking at places like washington too. where's new mexico? >> robert, one of the things john cohen head of the polling team said it is fascinating the split between the engagement of young voters in swing states and voters in non-swing states. that's where this is being waged. that's where we need to check with enthusiasm. >> i was listening to liz a few moments ago. it feels a lot like 2008. not necessarily from an enthusiasm point. but the math looks almost identical to 2008 in man ways. president obama, let's face it. has has multiple paths to victory. mitt romney does not. the question becomes whether or not wednesday becomes a game changer for the senator. >> i have a theory when someone is on the verge of winning, we get into more battle dround state, not less states. >>> when we come back, we're going to talk more. trivia time. how many vice presidents served under more than one president? two. john calhoun served under both john quincy adams and andrew jackson. we'll be right back. [ humming ] [ humming ] [ male announcer ] kraft mac
and was the head of a car company. but he was born in mexico. had he been born of mexican parents, he might have a better shot. >> your policies suck. being latino wouldn't win you the election but saying jokingly that you wish you were might actually lose it for you. >> the president needs to go after mitt romney but he can't look like a pit bull on stage. that's a tough order. it's a fine line to walk. the debate will not be the same as it was two weeks ago. the podiums are gone. the candidates will have to look comfortable and welcoming to a room full of undecided voters. mitt romney showed in the last debate he can make the most of his rehearsed lines to connect with regular voters. >> i have had the occasion of meeting people across the country. i was in dayton, ohio, and a woman grabbed my arm and said i've been out of work, can you help me? and a rally in denver, a woman said my husband has had four jobs in three years, part-time jobs, he's lost his most recent job and we have now lost our home. can you help us? and the answer is yes. we can help. but it's going to take a different path.
need to stop the tax breaks for outsourcing jobs to china and mexico and anywhere else. we know what we have to do. we need congress to do it and work with the president and make it happen. but enforcing trade rules one at a time actually does work and you can specifically attribute job growth to it. >> well, we did this broadcast on friday night from illinois. there's a plant that's being shipped overseas, sensata, which is connected to the automobile industry. and there's a tire plant that's been saved because of president obama's stance being tough on china with the lawsuit. i think that that story speaks volumes of what is happening across america. just who is talking tough. senator, great to have you with us. >> i saw that show. it was a microcosm of what we're talking about. >> senator sherrod brown, thank you. there's much more coming up, stay with us. >>> there's no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. trust matters. >> the president and the vice president are heating up in ohio. tonight the latest on the republican voter suppression with state senator nina
at the red states. they gave mitt romney solid democratic states like new mexico and pennsylvania. really? polls should be a snapshot of the current state of the race and there's no doubt mitt romney is benefitting from his debate performance last week. but over "the new york times," the forecast shows president obama still holds a 70% chance of winning the election. the percentage is back in line with the state of the race before the political conventions. president obama made some gains after the dnc. mitt romney erased those gains in the debate. so the race is back to where it was in august. eight years ago today, cnn poll after the first presidential poll put john kerry on top of george bush by one percentage point. the race is close. this should surprise no one in america. every vote is going to count. there's been bipartisan agreement about a close race for months. >> this race, as we say in the south, it's as tight as a tick on a dog and it's going to stay that way until november. >> nothing is set in concrete. >> this is a very tight race. we've always believed that there's very l
on the terrorists in colombia, some americans are saying we need to do that in mexico, which is a country now threatened by drug cartels violence. what do you think about? could the colombian model work for mexico. the president of mexico has done very well. i am confident that the new president will commit himself. we call that determination. the new president recently. >> the book is "no lost causes," president alvaro uribe, thank you very much. it was an honor to have you on the show this morning. ahead this morning, a personal and revealing look back at reagan's west coast white house by president reagan's daughter. >>> and next, molly ringwald joins the table. you're watching "morning joe" brewed by starbucks. ♪ [ construction sounds ] ♪ [ watch ticking ] [ engine revs ] come in. ♪ got the coffee. that was fast. we're outta here. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ [ engine revs ] very sore looking kinda blistery. it was like a red rash... like somebody had set a bag of hot charcoal on my neck. i was a firefighter for 24 years. but, i have never encountered such a burning sensation until i had
was killed and another wounded in the shooting. they were on horseback patrolling the u.s./mexico border southeast of tucson. they were investigating an alarm triggered by one of the many sensors along the border. no suspects has been identified. >>> american airlines said another plane had passenger seats that came loose during a flight. american says it happened last week on a flight to colorado from dallas/ft. worth. two other flights had similar problems this past week. american is inspecting its jets with similar seating. american officials say the loose seats are not an act of sabotage. >>> next in today's "news nation" gut check, how important is the upcoming presidential debate be in helping you decide who to support? that's one of the official questions, but you get to answer it now in gut check. we'll be right back and you can join the "news nation" on facebook at facebook.com/newsnation. my name is adam frucci and i'm the editor of splitsider.com. i love new technology, so when i heard that american express and twitter were teaming up, i was pretty interested. turns out you ju
it in place. >>> one border patrol agent has been killed in a shooting near the mexico/arizona border. we're following that story. we'll get you more updates as we get them. >>> in today's deep dive, president obama and mitt romney will share a stage wednesday night in front of what's likely to be the the largest audience yet in this campaign and may be the best and last chance to change the trajectory of the race. they are both experienced debaters, to a point. the president survived 26 primary debates, three general election debates in 2008. his debate experience for federal office goes back to his only unsuccessful campaign, his 2000 democratic primary challenge to bobby rush. >> i don't think anybody should have a pass. i don't think congressman rush should have a pass. i don't think the mayor should have a pass. i don't get a pass for my state senate seat. >> but the president hasn't debated in four years and his campaign claims he's rusty. romney's experience goes back to his first unsuccessful run for political office. that 1994 senate race against ted kennedy. but romney's just be
is that, you know here, did say he would reinstate the mexico city policy which would keep federal funding from going to fund abortions. that's something we do like. but there's also a difference you have to note from a candidate. mitt is doing something smart here. he's saying, look, i know what i believe but here's the things i'm going to be able to do as president. contrast that with barack obama who made all these wild promises and pledges and 00 come through a -- follow through on any of them and you see kind of a pragmatic mitt romney who says this is what i believe in but this is what i know i can accomplish. i'm not going to overpromise here. >> your response? >> i appreciate my fellow south carolinian's comments about policy but here is a fact. so the capital of japan is tokyo. we know thesing a fact. here is the fact. not a single taxpayer dollar goes to fund abortions. not one. not even a cent. not even a penny. not one. the theory of reinstituting the policy is a farce. mitt romney was pro-choice. now -- then pro-life. then this morning he was pro-choice and now andrea is sayin
, did harry reid just show that -- i guess my question is, is nevada the next new mexico where four years from now we won't even have it on the initial battleground map? it will essentially get a couple visits early from a republican and then it's just a lock for whoef the democratic nominee is? >> i'm not sure about that. i don't want to take it off the battleground status. >> i know you don't. >> but i think the points you're making is right. there might be a microcosm with republican party with the burgeoning hispanic population. the republicans need to find a way to talk to the hispanic community. they cannot sustain 30 and 40-point losses in that community in nevada and hope to ever win nevada again. we'll see what happens but early numbers here looks like the hispanic vote is turning out. the culinary union, biggest union, most of the gaming employees are represented, huge hispanic population. they're turning out to vote. it's very difficult tore me to make the argument that nevada is going to be a battleground state again in four years. but i may try anyway. >> i've had repub
the roster of swing states change. right. new mexico was won by bush in '04, contested in '08 and this time around the republicans are not contesting it. arizona is just out of reach for the democrats. it will become in reach pretty soon and i think you know, maybe 20 years it will be a democratic state. >> which is -- there was some talk in, you know, election cycles from not too too many election cycles from now, maybe texas will be a state where democrats -- >> but on the other hand, missouri, arkansas, west virginia are gone. >> they're gone and not coming back. >> right. >> i mean, i think, you know, republican party is right to be kind of panicky about this. these parties are flexible and there are obvious paths to fixing it. is president romney gets done comprehensive immigration reform and an enormous amount of political pressure to do that if he wants to get reelected. >> worth noting, andrew ross is sorkin in terms of money in this race, i thought this was interesting, from an obama campaign aide this is reported in play book this morning -- we were talking before this show began,
the mexico city policy. >> affirmative action, civil rights group rally as the supreme court revisit also race can be a factor in college admissions. and won't you be my neighbor? late night's jimmy fallon visits mr. romney's neighborhood. >> it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. beautiful day for a neighbor. would you be mine? could you be mine? hello, neighbor. you see this? it's called a wallet. inside of a wallet, oh, that's where money goes. now, do you know what money is? i'm guessing no, because you're watching public television. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. the house republican hearings on last month's terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi are under way now on capitol hill. chairman darrell issa opened the hearings demanding answers from the state department about their response to the incident. as well as the amount of security personnel in place before september 11th. >> we know that the tragedy in benghazi ended as it did. we now know that, in fact, it was caused by a terrorist attack that wasp reasonably predictable to eventually happen
of mexico or heavy oil from venezuela. there's lots of oil in these places, but they're not going to flow at the kind of prices that u.s. motorists want to fill up at. >> jeff, i think i agree with you that there's very little that the president can do about gas prices. it's simple supply and demand, so then isn't the only thing that an american president should say about gas prices is that he promises to release as much u.s. oil into the population as he possibly can as we can possibly sustain to keep demand low and supply high? >> well, as i say, the strategic reserve a finite amount and you can artificially depress oil prices temporarily. >> right. >> but you're going to have to rebuild that. let's hear what the market a telling us. brent today is $110 a barrel. that's telling us that oil is getting scarce and dear. the message should be to consume less, not to override it with artificial government policies like releasing strategic reserves or cutting gasoline taxes because really what we're doing is overriding the market's message and that's going to make it more difficult, not easie
in this country is an understatement. that's why you see support in states like nevada and new mexico, virginia and florida and ohio from the latino and hispanic communities. these are votes that the president has earned based on the actions he's taken on behalf of the community over the last 12 months, not just the last 12 months but three and a half years, and i take the president at his word that's something he'll pursue in a second term. so the record is very, very stark as it relates to the issue of immigration. the president has a positive and strong one. look what he did earlier this year. and look what the things that governor romney has said during the debates. again, look that was a perfect example. he tried to outdo the most anti-immigration person on the stage in the form of all -- his other republican opponents. he'll -- governor romney is a person who will say anything at the moment that is politically expedient to get him elected. the american people see that. this is about trust and he's losing the trust of the american people not gaining it in the final 14 days. >> bo biden jus
company but he was born in mexico. and, had had he been born of mexican paperses i would have a better shot at winning. actually, mitt, that is so true. the reason latinos aren't voting for you because your policies suck. >> that was rosie perez a peering in a new web ad sponsored by a pro obama super pack that comes as a new poll shows support for president obama slipping slightly from 72% to 67%. while mitt romney support has itched up three points from 20% to 23%. immigration dominated the conversation during the republican primaries it's been largely absent from the general. romney outflanked his opponents taking a hard right tack on illegal immigration. remember this one. >> if you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own i don't think you have a heart. >> i think if you're opposed to illegal immigration it doesn't mean you don't have a heart. you have a heart and a brain. >> now as part of his great pivot to the middle romney has adopted softer language focusing on the preside
, the great-grandson and the funniest when he looked to mitt romney and he said your dad is going to mexico and you have kids, are you sure you're not catholic and that got a big laugh throughout the room. i would say in terms of looking at their body and interaction, chuck, i kept an eye on them all night, not a lot of interaction. you had the cardinal obviously sitting between them. i was also shocked not a lot of interaction between president obama and ann romney. kind of a coldness there just from viewing it from afar. >> it is rough, buddy. it is a rough campaign. i had a feeling this would get uglier in the next 18 days. it was good to have them at least show the public that maybe they can still have a sense of humor. >> it seemed heart fefelt when y talked about each other's family and good to have a cardinal between them. >> neither political party right now, the operatives, have no sense of humor anymore. luke russert, thank you very much. this morning early christmas presents for political junkies. it's a string of fiery and feisty senate debates in some of the toughest senate rac
? they're in china, mexico, canada, and countries that have made themselves more attractive for entrepreneurs and business and investment, even as president obama's policies have made it less attractive for them here. and so today, his campaign tries to deflect and detract, to minimize the failures and to make this election about small shiny objects. but this election matters more than that. it matters to your family, it matters to the senior who needs to get an appointment with a medical specialist but is told by one receptionist after another that the doctor isn't taking any new medicare patients, because medicare has been slashed to pay for obama care. it matters to the man from wisconsin i spoke with several days ago, and what we're supposed to be his best work years, he used to have a job at $25 an hour with benefits and now has one at $8 an hour without benefits. it matters because of the college student graduating this spring with 10 to $20,000 in student debt. who now learns that she'll also be paying for $50,000 in government debt. a burden that will put the america
on what happens here. that wasn't discussed. as you said issues with mexico, the drug trade. they become more about sort of each of the two candidates' agendas going in, consultants pivot to the economy make the debate about this and the moderator that has a narrow set of issues they want to cover and so much of the rest of what matters to voters at the end of the day don't get covered. the debate was limited in. >> governor, did you think when they did talk about domestic affairs, the auto bailout and some bit of gas prices and so forth, that resonated with the american public osh just campaign -- >> i think a little more so, although again, governor romney has consistently in these debates shown a wanton disregard for the facts. he said his plan was a managed bankruptcy and that he did favor some form of government aid. he talked about loan guarantees. guarantees are only valuable if someone's willing to loan you the money. >> right. >> and the point of it is and where president obama saved the auto industry nobody was willing to loan them the money or to invest, not bain capital not a
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